December 2010 Blog Posts (74)

Restaurant Marketing Part 1: I Built It - When Will They Come?

This is Part 1 in a series.  We will look at the traditional sales cycle as it relates to restaurant marketing and examine a full-scale plan to fill all the points on the cycle.  In this part we examine the

beginning of the client-business relationship.

Introduction

Ah, the joys of being a small business owner.  You have an idea, develop your concept, fill a need, have unique selling points - whether you are marketing a restaurant or a hardware store, you have…

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Added by Karl Koelle on December 23, 2010 at 11:30am — No Comments


Non-Operator
Screaming Hot Concepts - The Top Ten Signs of Your Awesomeness! #TRgratitude

Submitted by the Talent Revolution team

 

10.  Your positive approach to life and business.  

 

9.  You guys possess the confidence to make bold moves which we respect and admire.

 

8.  Each of you have demonstrated the ability to rise up after adversity which is a testament to your leadership abilities.

 

7.  You are Big Picture business people who understand the power of the top line and know how to deliver on the bottom…

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Added by Bill Campion on December 23, 2010 at 11:03am — No Comments


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Vickie Frisbee - The Top Ten Signs of Her Awesomeness #TRgratitude

Submitted by the Talent Revolution Team

 

10.  You have a a great sense of humor and you don't take yourself too seriously!

 

9.  You are a loyal attendee at the people report conferences where its been our pleasure and privilege to get to know you!

 

8.  Posting pictures of Tatum eating on your facebook page for all of us to enjoy.

 

7.  You live by an awesome set of personal and professional values.

 

6.  You are…

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Added by Bill Campion on December 23, 2010 at 10:48am — No Comments


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Audi Partem Alteram, and other resolutions

Somewhere recently (I believe it was in the Southwest Airlines in-flight magazine, but I’m sorry to say that I’m really not sure) I read one person’s wish that a commemorative stone be carved with “audi partem alteram” rather than his name.  He went on to explain that the Latin expression meant “hear the other side”.…

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Added by Rod Guinn on December 23, 2010 at 3:30am — 2 Comments


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Melissa Papaleo - The Top Ten Signs of Your Awesomeness #TRgratitude

Submitted by The Talent Revolution Team

 

10.  The fact that it's nearly impossible to narrow it down to ten!

 

9.  Your hugs!

 

8.  Your uncanny ability to direct and execute every last detail of the People Report Events!

 

7.  Your deft ability to answer 3 or 4 questions simultaneously and still maintain your focus on the task at hand.

 

6.  Sophia!

 

5.  Your willingness to put yourself out there and your…

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Added by Bill Campion on December 22, 2010 at 10:14am — No Comments

Super Fast! Talking Restaurants and Social Media at an Ignite Session

I was asked to present at the …

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Added by Jennifer Hancox on December 22, 2010 at 10:00am — No Comments


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Apple Sauce - The Top Ten Signs of Your Awesomeness #TRgratitude

Submitted by The Talent Revolution Team

 

10.  Your almost 2 decades of friendship

 

9.  Chef Scott Cortner's culinary skills (or so he tells us!)

 

8.  Bruce Dodge and his willingness to be a pioneer in the world of social media.

 

7.  You believed in us right out of the gate and for that we are forever grateful

 

6.  Your support and willingness to provide TR with a glowing reference

 

5.  Your uncommon…

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Added by Bill Campion on December 22, 2010 at 9:51am — No Comments


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Bojangles - Top Ten Signs of Your Awesomeness #TRgratitude





Submitted by the Talent Revolution Team





10. Can you say THE FRESHEST MOST FLAKY SCRUMP-DE-LE-ICOUS BISCUITS ON THE PLANET?





9. Your cool retreats at Kanuga and Bonclarken





8. Your "cult-like" base of loyal customers who cannot let a week go by without indulging in the best fried chicken in the land.







7. Your willingness to look at yourselves and your organization from an objective…
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Added by Bill Campion on December 22, 2010 at 9:30am — No Comments

#TRGratitude @fohbohgal We love you! @TR_Live #RAA #gratitude





We love you! You're awesome!

Added by Amanda Hite on December 22, 2010 at 5:00am — 2 Comments


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Twitter Bailey in "It's A Wonderful Life" Social Media Edition

“Yes, Clarence.  A man down on earth needs our help.’

 

“Splendid! Is he sick?”

 

“No. Worse. He's discouraged. At exactly ten forty-five P.M., earth-time, that man will be thinking seriously of throwing away God's greatest gift. You will…

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Added by Ty Sullivan on December 21, 2010 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Confessions of a Foodie Photo Addict

Photos: Cinnamon rolls (Ann Sather's), Red curry (Thai Linda Cafe), Veggie dog (Portillo's), Caprese salad (Fox & Obel), Curry chicken pizza (Ian's Pizza)

All of these are restaurants in Chicago, IL.…

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Added by Josh Hersh on December 20, 2010 at 11:00pm — 1 Comment


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Zagat Letter to New York Times Gets Rated By Waiterpay.com

 

Tim and Nina Zagat, co-founders of Zagat Survey, in their December 13 letter to the New York Times titled “Adding Fairness to the Tip” raise important issues as to why New York City restaurants are being sued by their workers and what the future holds for the industry.  The Zagats rhetorically ask what is behind the onslaught…

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Added by Louis Pechman on December 20, 2010 at 4:00pm — No Comments

HATTIESBURG, MISSISSIPPI - Food Manager Safety Training - Thursday, January 6, 2011

MISSISSIPPI REQUIREMENT:

Mississippi State Department of Health requires each food service establishment must have at least one certified food safety manager employed full-time.  Training & Testing must be an approved ANSI-CFP program and must be 8 minimum hours for certification/recertification with a proctored exam every 5 years.…

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Added by Chef Brad Peters on December 20, 2010 at 4:06am — No Comments

GULFPORT/BILOXI/OCEAN SPRINGS, MISSISSIPPI - Food Manager Safety Training Friday, January 7, 2011

MISSISSIPPI REQUIREMENT:

Mississippi State Department of Health requires each food service establishment must have at least one certified food safety manager employed full-time.  Training & Testing must be an approved ANSI-CFP program and must be 8 minimum hours for…

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Added by Chef Brad Peters on December 20, 2010 at 4:01am — No Comments

MERIDIAN, MISSISSIPPI - Food Manager Safety Training Tuesday, January 4, 2011

MISSISSIPPI REQUIREMENT:



Mississippi State Department of Health requires each food service establishment must have at least one certified food safety manager employed full-time.  Training & Testing must be an approved ANSI-CFP program and must be 8 minimum hours for certification/recertification with a proctored exam every 5 years. Training…

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Added by Chef Brad Peters on December 20, 2010 at 3:52am — No Comments

JACKSON/CLINTON, MISSISSIPPI - Food Manager Safety Training - Wednesday, January 5, 2011

MISSISSIPPI REQUIREMENT:

Mississippi State Department of Health requires each food service establishment must have at least one certified food safety manager employed full-time.  Training & Testing must be an approved ANSI-CFP program and must be 8 minimum hours for certification/recertification with a proctored exam every 5 years.…

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Added by Chef Brad Peters on December 20, 2010 at 3:42am — No Comments

STARKVILLE/COLUMBUS, MISSISSIPPI - Food Manager Safety Training on Monday, January 3, 2011

MISSISSIPPI REQUIREMENT:

Mississippi State Department of Health requires each food service establishment must have at least one certified food safety manager employed full-time.  Training & Testing must be an approved ANSI-CFP program and must be 8 minimum hours…

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Added by Chef Brad Peters on December 20, 2010 at 3:35am — No Comments

Want to Get a Job Interview? Pay Attention to Your Looks

Former prom queens and cheerleaders looking for work might want to leave their photos off their resume and their public Facebook profile. According to a new academic study, hiring managers scanning resumes from female job applicants granted more interviews to "plain-looking" women or women who didn't include a photo with their resume, than they did for attractive women whose resume included a photo.



Here's what should really turn up the cocktail party chat a notch this weekend: The…

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Added by Robert Krzak on December 17, 2010 at 11:38am — No Comments

Personal Points of Differentiation

Differentiation is the answer to the common business strategy question - How can we as a company, stand out in a crowded marketplace? There is a classic list that companies draw from – bigger, better, faster, decor’, innovation, location, value, etc. Interestingly enough, this question can also be applied to individuals, not just businesses. Heading into a New Year always offers an opportunity for pause and reflection. Perhaps, the following will…

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Added by David Rose on December 17, 2010 at 11:22am — No Comments


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Waiter and Waitress Training: Teach The Dining Room Service Staff About Presence

An extremely important concept that should be taught in every waiter training program is presence at the table and availability for all of the customers needs. Woody Allen once said that "95% of success is just showing up." And, I shall apply this type of logic to improve dining room customer service.

When a waiter is not readily accessible for the tables at his/her waitstation, then the overall perception will be a lack of restaurant customer care. This, in turn, will have a "domino…

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Added by Richard Saporito on December 17, 2010 at 10:00am — No Comments

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